Brewer Announces Return Of Fresh Food For Seniors For 2017 From Harlem To Houston

June 26, 2017

Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced the relaunch of her Fresh Food for Seniors program for 2017, which will operate through November, 2017. The program makes bags of fresh, locally-grown produce available for purchase bimonthly at participating senior centers and buildings in multiple Manhattan neighborhoods.

“Access to fresh food, and especially fresh fruits and vegetables, is essential,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “This affordable, low-commitment program makes it easy for Manhattan seniors to bring home delicious, healthy, locally-grown produce.”

“As the cost of living in New York rises, fresh fruits and vegetables can seem like a luxury,” said Council Member Corey Johnson, Chair of the Committee on Health. “It’s crucial that we provide programs to assist those who built the city we love today to obtain the basic goods and services they not only need, but they deserve. I applaud Borough President Gale Brewer for creating and continuing this beloved initiative.”

“The Fresh Food for Seniors program helps seniors get delicious, healthy foods in an affordable and reliable way—all while supporting local agriculture at the same time. It is a model for community programming that fits a local need and serves a broader good,” said Council Member Helen Rosenthal. “I want to thank the amazing volunteers for making the program possible as well as Borough President Brewer for her continued partnership.”

The program is made possible by partnerships between the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, local City Council members, multiple senior centers and senior residences, GrowNYC, the Corbin Hill Food Project, the Doe Fund, and the UJA-Federation of New York.

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Starting today, seniors can sign up to receive fresh food bags at locations in the West Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, the Upper West Side, and Roosevelt Island. Later this summer, the program will also relaunch in multiple northern Manhattan neighborhoods, including Yorkville and East Harlem, Central Harlem, West Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood.

Locations and Delivery Dates

Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea and West Village — In partnership with Council Member Corey Johnson and GrowNYC

Delivery dates: July 5, July 19, Aug. 2, Aug. 16, Aug. 30, Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, 2017

Site open to all seniors:

Site open to senior center members only:

Upper West Side — In partnership with Council Member Helen Rosenthal and GrowNYC

Delivery dates: July 12, July 26, Aug. 9, Aug. 23, Sept. 6, Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15

Site open to all seniors:

Sites open to senior center members and/or building residents only:

Roosevelt Island — In partnership with GrowNYC and the Roosevelt Island Senior Center, a program of Carter Burden Network

Delivery dates: July 5, July 19, Aug. 2, Aug. 16, Aug. 30, Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8

Site open to all seniors:

  • Roosevelt Island Senior Center
    546 Main Street
    (212) 980-1888

Northern Manhattan — In partnership with Corbin Hill Food ProjectThe Doe Fund, and UJA-Federation of New York

Deliveries will begin August 2017; dates and locations to be announced.
Program will include Yorkville, East Harlem, Central Harlem, West Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood.

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